Boyd-Buchanan 35, Grace Christian 13
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Jim Cardwell racked up 250 total yards of total offense and four touchdowns to lead Boyd-Buchanan to a 35-13 rout of top-ranked and top-seeded Grace Christian in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A playoffs Friday night.
The Bucs (12-1) will travel to Friendship Christian in next week's state semifinals with a trip to the state title game in Cookeville on the line.
Cardwell rushed 161 yards and two scores, and also completed 7-of-13 passes for 89 yards and two more touchdowns to Chase Miller and Rance Harden. Harden added 50 yards and a score on the ground, while Miller finished with 55 yards receiving on four catches.
Boyd-Buchanan scored with three seconds left in the first half to take a 14-13 lead at intermission, then outscored the Rams (10-2) 21-0 in the second half. The Bucs' defense came up with several huge fourth-down stops in the final two quarters and also intercepted Grace quarterback Devin Smith three times.
Giles County 22, East Hamilton 16
PULASKI, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Al Cobb scored on a touchdown run with 3:14 to play and Giles County came up with a huge defensive stand in its own red zone in the final minute to preserve a 22-16 win over visiting East Hamilton in the quarterfinals of the TSSAA Class 4A playoffs.
The loss snaps the Hurricanes' ten-game winning streak and ends the best season in the program's young history with an 11-2 mark.
Matt Milita's 22-yard screen pass gave East Hamilton a 16-14 lead early in the fourth quarter, but personal foul penalties and turnovers killed the Canes' chance to hold it.
Aided by 70 yards on penalties in a two-drive span, Cobb capped a long Giles County march with a one-yard quarterback sneak for the 22-16 lead. Hunter Moore drove East Hamilton as far as the Bobcats' 10-yard line, but a fumble on fourth down sealed the game.
Cobb rushed for 87 yards rushing and 170 passing. Milta, who also scored on a 56-yard run, finished with 90 yards rushing to lead East Hamilton, though the Hurricanes vaunted ground attack was limited to just 131 yards.
Columbia Central 31, Ooltewah 13
COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Ooltewah scored first, but Columbia scored the rest in a 31-13 win over the visiting Owls in a TSSAA Class 5A state quarterfinal Friday night.
Brody Binder helped Ooltewah (9-4) get off to a dream start, throwing a 29-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams then scoring on a five-yard run for an early 13-0 lead. However, the Lions found their footing to score 31 unanswered points to close out the win.
Chris Martin's five-yard run in the second quarter got the Lions (11-2) on the board in the second quarter, then a field goal followed Matthew Markham's touchdown pass to Dre Hall for a 17-14 Columbia lead a the break.
The Owls had a chance to take the lead when Phillip McClain recovered a fumbled punt at the Lions' 15, but Binder was picked off in the end zone to end the threat. Martin then extended Columbia's lead with a one-yard run early in the fourth quarter, and Markham and Hall's second connection closed the scoring late.
Desmond Pittman ran for 107 yards on 22 carries, but the Owls threw three interceptions and lost a fumble to lose the turnover battle for the first time this postseason.
Friendship Christian 49, Marion County 12
LEBANON, Tenn. (WRCB) -- A.J. Long threw for 233 yards and five touchdowns to lead Friendship Christian to a 49-12 rout of visiting Marion County in TSSAA Class 2A state quarterfinal.
Long also rushed for 100 yards in the win, and benefited from a defense that picked off two Marion County passes.
The Warriors actually took an early 6-0 lead before watching the Commanders respond by rattling off 28 straight points.
Matt Zeman broke loose on a big run midway through the second quarter, then followed it with a short touchdown run to cut the deficit to 28-12. However, it was as close as the Warriors would get in the finale of a turn-around season.
A year after winning just one game in 2011, Marion County finished 9-3 overall in Mac McCurry's first year as head coach.
Calhoun 42, Wesleyan 10
CALHOUN, Ga. (WRCB) -- Taylor Lamb threw for 271 yards and totaled four touchdowns in Calhoun's 42-10 drubbing of Wesleyan in the opening round of Georgia's Class AA playoffs.
The defending state champs will host Wash.-Wilkes in next week's second round.
Wesleyan (4-7) marched right down the field on the opening possession to take a 3-0 lead on a short field goal, then missed a second field goal attempt on their second possession following Lamb's first touchdown run.
From there, the Yellow Jackets (11-0) dominated.
Josh Barnes turned a screen pass into a 54-yard touchdown for a 14-3 lead, and Lamb's second run from eight yards out made it 21-3 midway through the second quarter. Alex Urbano added two rushing scores for a 35-3 halftime advantage.
Lamb, who completed 15 of his 17 attempts for 261 yards in the first half alone, threw a seven-yard touchdown to Brent Moss early in the third period to cap Calhoun's scoring.
Oneonta 48, North Jackson 21
STEVENSON, Ala. (WRCB) -- Top-ranked and unbeaten Oneonta lived up to its billing while racking up 500 yards of offense in a 48-21 win over North Jackson in the second round of Alabama's Class 4A playoffs.
The Chiefs, who won on the road last week at Central-Florence in the opening round, end the season with a 7-5 mark.
North Jackson actually struck first, taking an early 7-0 lead on a fumble return by Johnny Padgett in the game's opening minutes. The Chiefs actually forced three first-half turnovers, but committed a few of their own while allowing Oneonta (12-0) to score 27 unanswered points to close the half.
Cody O'Toole threw for 291 yards and two scores, and also caught a touchdown from running back Tyler Smith to lead the Oneonta attack. Smith totaled four touchdowns on the night, adding two rushing scores and one receiving TD to his touchdown pass.